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4 Easy Ways to Take Care of Your Hot Tub

4 Easy Ways to Take Care of Your Hot Tub

There’s just something about a hot tub that screams a fun time. Everyone who loves to have fun… knows it. You probably know it, too, and know how true it is.

Plain and simple, people who have hot tubs know how to have fun.  It literally screams “I love relaxing and enjoying life’s greater luxuries.”

Whenever you’ve got a hot tub around, you know it’s going to be a good time. Hot tubs are perfect for a warm summer day after a cool, refreshing swim. And, they’re perfect for those colder days or when you’re just a bitch chilly. (They’re awesome for those times you need an excuse to drink a cocktail in a pit of warm, swirling water.)

Do you want those good times to continue? Then take care of your hot tub. Taking care of a hot tub is almost as hard as taking care of those plants that keep dying on your windowsill.

1. Start with the outside cover

The vinyl cover of hot tub is one of the most important pieces of your wonderful bubbling tub. It’s incredibly important to keep it clean or else you risk dirtying the inside of your hot tub and the overall deterioration of the cover. Nobody wants to sit in a tub of dirty water. Why would you do that to your guests?

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There are three things you’ll need before you start this journey to a clean cover: a very gentle cleaner (so gentle it treats your hot tub like a gem), a sponge, and an oil-free protectant.

Pay careful attention:

  • Start off by spraying the cover with water that’ll take off the surface dirt and gunk.
  • After the water runs off, take your sponge and gentle .. and start scrubbing the cover until you see the gross stuff vanish before your very eyes.
  • Use the protectant to give your cover a little extra protection.

And there you have it! You have mastered the art of cleaning your hot tub cover. Now for the rest…

2. Keep a consistent schedule

If there’s one thing that’s true about hot tub maintenance, it’s this: If you don’t have a consistent schedule of when you’re going to clean your hot tub, it will never be clean. Unless we’re already used to sticking to schedule, sticking to one is harder than pulling hen’s teeth.

That’s why I want you to raise your right hand and repeat after me:

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I solemnly swear…that I will make a hot tub cleaning schedule…and stick to it for as long as I live.

Great! So here’s a good example of a schedule you can use – just adjust it for your daily life!

  • At least once a day: check your spa cover and clean if necessary, check and adjust water temperature, and make sure there’s no obvious damage.
  • At least 3 times a week: adjust sanitizer levels and check those all-important pH levels.
  • At least once a week or every two weeks: clean the spa filters.
  • Monthly: do a deep cleaning of your tub cover and clean your cabinet.
  • Every three months: fully drain and deep clean your tub.
  • Cover up your tub when you’re not using it.

This one is a pretty simple one to implement on your hot tub… Would you leave your front door open when you left to go shopping?

Would you leave your car window open when you know there’s going to be a huge storm in a couple hours? Of course not.

Whether you use your hot tub frequently or not, it’s smart to put the protective cover on it. I mean… you can keep it uncovered… if you don’t mind constantly cleaning the hot tub from all the mess that’ll fall into it.

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3. Test your hot tub regularly

It’s not all fun and games when it comes to hot tubs. Oh no. You may think all you need to do is buy a hot tub and then you’re good to go. You think wrong, my friend.

Installing your hot tub and taking care of it doesn’t just involve cleaning out gunk and dirt. You also have to check the water inside to make sure it is clean and safe.

There are three main ways to do this. The first is to use test strips, which you can purchase at any hot tub or pool maintenance store. These will check for pH, chlorine/bromine, and alkalinity. Just take a sample of water from the middle of the hot tub (very important to get an accurate sample), dip your strip in, and test the colors that come out with the color swatches on the bottle. And wah-lah! You’ve tested your hot tub.

The second way is to use a liquid test kit. It’s basically no different from the process of the test strips; you’ll just use some extra materials that come in the kit.

The third way that you should do at least once a month is to have it checked out by your hot tub dealer. Collect a sample like in the previous steps and immediately take it to your hot tub dealer for testing. He or she has a sort of crystal ball for hot tubs. They can tell you a lot of different things about your water that the above tests couldn’t tell you. Pretty cool!

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4. Watch out for what chemicals you use in the tub

It’s incredibly important to keep an eye on what kind of chemicals and sanitizers you add into your hot tub. After checking the pH levels, bromine/chlorine, and alkalinity levels in the last step, you’ll know what you need to add to your hot tub water to put everything back into order and in tip-top shape.

No one wants to have hot tub water that’s cloudy or gunky, or filled with bacteria. Otherwise, your neighbours will forever know you as “dirty hot tub.” How embarrassing! I’d never want anyone to think that about me. Would you?

Conclusion

There you have it! You are now an expert at hot tub cleaning and maintaining it as a pro. Give yourself a pat on the back and then go have a relaxing cocktail in your sparkling tub. After all, it’s an investment, and those are worth protecting for decades to come.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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